Other Causes Of GERD... Is The Barium Swallow Test Accurate?

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ljk
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   Posted 11/1/2010 7:43 PM (GMT -6)   
I was diagnosed with severe GERD five years ago after a barium swallow test. Since then it felt like it was getting progressively worse. Every morning I woke up with a sore throat. I had an appointment with a surgeon for a fundoplication surgery and booked a barium swallow test so I could bring to him. I did the barium swallow test last week. I woke up with a sore throat and felt really chocked up that morning and expected the worst, as it's been five years of what I thought was unmanageable reflux. Today I got the results: no reflux detected! This took me aback. It's obviously good news, but what is it that's making me wake up with a sore throat then assuming they didn't mix up my report. Is the barium swallow accurate? Could something like sinus drain cause reflux symptoms ?

ljk
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   Posted 11/2/2010 10:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Anyone?

I think the barium swallow was wrong. Is this possible?

Alcie
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   Posted 11/3/2010 12:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Ask the doc. I can't see why it would have been wrong - but it seems like it you were not refluxing for that particular time.
Maybe you have specific reflux triggers, not just a valve that is always open.

Have you tried keeping a food journal/log with times, what you eat or drink and symptoms an hour and two hours after eating? I was able to control my reflux by learning my triggers and avoiding them. (Mine turned out to be sulfite.) I eventually did need surgery, but that was due to an accident causing my stomach to be pushed into my chest and the valve being permanently open.

It's also possible that you have "silent GERD." This is when you have symptoms that are not ordinary reflux, but it is still kept under control with acid reducers (PPIs).
Alcie
 
 
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